What’s the Difference between Shutters and Blinds?
First of all, let’s look at the difference between these two types of window furnishings. Put simply, shutters are sturdy window coverings usually made up of a frame of vertical stiles and horizontal rails (top, centre and bottom). Whilst blinds consist of several long, horizontal or vertical slats made from hard materials, including wood, plastic or metal which are held together by cords that run through the blind slats.
Five Reasons Why Shutters Are Better Than Blinds
All arguments must be backed up by reason and logic. To demonstrate why shutters are better than blinds, we have put together the following five reasons:
1. Shutters Are Built to Last
Aluminium plantation shutters are built to last. They are designed to be tough and durable to cope with the harsh Australian climate, especially in Brisbane. Blinds are not built to last and you will find they are more prone to breakage and damage. Often, just after several months of installation, you will find that their opening and closing mechanism start to jam and stop working. Shutters, on the other hand, are built from higher quality materials that guarantee proper functioning for years. This makes them more cost-effective than blinds in the long term.
2. Better Security
Let’s face it – blinds are not exactly the best deterrent against theft. They won’t stop criminals from breaking windows to get into your premises. Blinds can easily be detached whereas aluminium shutters are built strong with security in mind, making them almost impossible to smash through. In all, shutters can be trusted to deter people from breaking in far better than blinds.
3. Easier Maintenance
Shutters are much easier to clean and maintain than blinds. They accumulate less dust and don’t require the tedious maintenance steps that you get with blinds. Being powder-coated aluminium; they simply need to be wiped over with a damp cloth once in a while. Nothing time-consuming or strenuous, even kids can clean them!
4. Create a Shield against Outside Noise
Shutters will lessen the amount of exterior noise that enters your premises better than blinds. Plantation shutters made from aluminium are more robust in construction and, as such are better at eliminating noise pollution. They create a sealed sound barrier whereas blinds are often flimsy and barely reduce noise, even when fully closed. As a result, you can enjoy that extra level of privacy with shutters that you don’t feel with blinds.
5. Better Insulation with Shutters
Shutters are much better at keeping out the sun’s rays and offering you that extra touch of natural lighting and insulation. This is especially true during a hot and dry Australian summer. Most blinds don’t cover a window completely, even when made to measure, making proper insulation difficult to achieve. Shutters can be custom-made to completely cover any window.
As you can see, shutters are a cost-effective, attractive and functional choice for your home and business. To find out more about choosing and installing your new window coverings, contact the shutter experts at Guardian Screens and Shutters in Brisbane.